Why the horse?
When a horse is jogging it produces nearly 60-75 three-dimensional movements per minute, that are equivalent to normal neurophysiologically human gait. The physiognomy of its back encourages the correct sitting position which provides to the Central Nervous System a great contribution to sensory stimuli.
This activity and the environment that surrounds it make the horse an agent capable of:
- Change the response of the Central Nervous System by facilitating posture models and more normalized movements.
- Promote fundamental experiences for the development of motor, cognitive, communication and social skills.
Who can attend?
Therapeutic Riding - Hippotherapy is intended for anyone with disabilities, whatever their age, with no contraindications concerning horse riding.
The main benefits are:
- Improve joint mobility, balance and coordination;
- Normalization of muscle tone;
- Improve muscle tone;
- Build high self-esteem, developing self-confidence;
- Improvements in learning, concentration and spatial orientation,
- Motivation to set and achieve goals;
Therapeutic Riding includes: Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding and Adapted Riding. These therapy treatment strategies are used according to each rider's therapeutic objectives.
- Neuromotor objectives, directed towards the individual's rehabilitation process;
- It is a clinically oriented approach, implemented by a professional therapist in conjunction with a competent horse handler and a trained therapy horse;
- The goal is to achieve functional outcomes through the horse's movement;
- Psychomotor objectives, directed towards educational, psychological or cognitive needs;
- It allows our “riders” to progress as a rider;
The therapist or the riding trainer in in conjunction with with all therapists involved in the rehabilitation process (educators, psychologists and therapists) define the therapeutic goals;
- Sport, recreation and education goals;
- Instructors and riders work together to develop equestrian skills;
- Promotion of equestrian performance or competition;
- Build high self-esteem and competitive spirit;
(FRDI cit APPC, 2003)
Escola Nacional de Equitação courses:
- Therapeutic Riding Assistant Course
- Therapeutic Riding Teachers Course
- Health and Education in Therapeutic Riding Technicians Course
- Masters in Therapeutic Riding